How is artificial grass installed on decking?

Thinking about investing in artificial grass, but aren’t sure if it can be installed on decking?

Perhaps you’re looking to replace your old, slippy decking for a more natural look. Or maybe you’re just sick of all the maintenance it required to keep it looking good.

The main issue with decking is that it tends to attract moss and has started to rot, or look very weathered. And especially if you’ve painted your decking, it will require a lot of upkeep to stop it from discolouring and the paint peeling.

But can artificial grass be installed on decking, or will it all have to be ripped out first?

The good news is that yes! Artificial grass can absolutely be installed on top of decking – with a few conditions.

As an artificial grass specialist, this is something I get asked about a lot. That’s why I’m going to take a moment to explain everything you need to know when getting artificial grass installed on top of your decking.

How is artificial grass installed on decking?

If your decking boards are in good condition, level, and without any rot, it’s likely artificial grass can be installed on top. However, this is something an artificial grass specialist will be able to advise on during a site visit.

A typical installation would involve applying a weed barrier, followed by a shock pad layer, and then the grass. No dig-out is required, but the area would need to be brushed and power blown to eliminate any moss or debris before the weed barrier is applied.

When installing artificial grass on decking, your installer should also tac or staple down the perimeter to ensure the installation is secure and won’t move.

Not sure your decking is in a great condition? If any remedial works did need to be carried out on your decking, this is something your installer may also be able to help you with before installation – for an extra charge.

An extra soft surface for children to play on

We would advise considering installing a shock pad layer with your artificial grass, as decking is quite a hard surface. However, it isn’t essential, and we especially wouldn’t advise this if your pets are going to use it often, as this layer can soak up urine and can smell.

However, a shock pad layer can offer extra peace of mind if children will be playing on the surface, as it comes in thicknesses of 10mm, 18mm or 25mm and can achieve a critical fall height of 2.6m.

If you’re looking to install your grass for pets and children, but don’t want to keep your pets from urinating on it (which can be tricky), we’d advise going for a normal garden installation instead. This would require removal of your decking so that we can install the appropriate sub-base and then the grass over the top.

No shock pad layer is required and allows pets to play as they please without any worry.

Advice from an artificial grass specialist

Most installers should be happy to install artificial grass on decking, assuming it’s in good condition. Even if your decking isn’t exactly looking great, there’s a chance it can be remedied so that installation can take place. An artificial grass specialist should also be able to check this, along with whether you have appropriate drainage for your decking.

It can take a drab decking area and transform it into a gorgeous green space that is much more aesthetically pleasing. We recently installed decking for one of our customers who wanted it for their kids to play on. Their decking wasn’t in bad condition, but they were just sick of the upkeep.

They were also worried one of their children might have an accident, as they were constantly getting told off for running on the decking when it was wet. Artificial grass, with a shock pad layer, turned out to be a great solution and created a much safer surface, which drained quickly after rain. No more telling off!

Conclusion

So, there we have it! Artificial grass CAN be installed on decking. As long as your decking is in good condition, you should be able to install artificial grass on top. However, this is something an artificial grass specialist can help advise on, and the area will still need to be brushed and power blown to get rid of any debris or moss.

Do you have any specific questions about installing artificial grass on decking? Let me know in the comments’ section. I’d be more than happy to help!

 

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POOLS AND ARTIFICIAL GRASS: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS IF YOU OWN A POOL.

Perfect combination of pool and artificial grass

Anyone who lives in Northern Territory knows that having a pool can improve the quality of your life. Installing artificial grass can improve the quality of your life, too. In fact, once you make the move to faux lawn, you’ll have a lot more time to enjoy your pool. And more money to invest in splashier pool toys for the kids, more towels to dry the dog, and that outdoor kitchen you’ve been contemplating.

Quite simply, pools and artificial grass are a match made in heaven.

Cooler and safer for people  

Most pools have a hardscape surface around their perimeters, such as concrete or brick. Regardless of the material, it can get so hot it burns your kids’ bare feet (yours, too). In fact, it heats up the entire surrounding area, taking the enjoyment out of sunbathing or simply relaxing.

Splashed water makes hardscape surfaces slippery, increasing the likelihood your kids will fall and hurt themselves while dancing around to avoid the hot surface. This is no fun! Artificial grass is soft underfoot and never slippery, no matter how many cannonballs your family can produce. It drains fast and dries fast.

You can install artificial grass right over the top of that hard, hot, boring surface, creating a seamless transition from lawn to pool.

Safer for poolside landscaping

Splashed water can make a mess of nearby planted areas. Aside from mud, the chlorine and other chemicals in the water can damage many plants, including natural lawn grass. (And, by the way, natural grass gets really slippery when wet, adding to safety concerns for playing kids.)

Cleaner than natural grass

With artificial grass, you can skip the annoying clippings and other debris that inevitably makes its way into your pool. Not to mention mud. And you won’t have to worry about lawn maintenance chemicals making their way into the water, either.

Prettier than concrete or brick

Aside from all the practical considerations, why surround a beautiful, inviting pool with something essentially ugly? Artificial grass is the essence of pretty. Its lush texture and emerald color compliment your pool and enhance your entire landscape. Not only that, even in winter when the pool is not in use, that area will continue to look green and vibrant.

Artificial grass adds grace and beauty to more than swimming pools, too. Your yard may include a lovely pond with koi or a fountain as a water feature. A grassy surround or pathway will draw the eye to this special aspect of your landscaping.

No pool? No sweat

Just put a kids’ wading pool on your lawn. No reason to gasp, “OMG, it will wreck the grass!” Artificial doesn’t just look perfect, it’s tougher than natural grass. Leaving a pool on live grass in the sun all day can severely damage it, even roast it to death. When you empty it at the end of the day, you get a different kind of pool that can take forever to sink in. Faux grass will happily accommodate the pool and quickly drain away water when you dump it out at night.

What else makes pools and artificial grass a heavenly match?

THE BENEFITS OF ARTIFICIAL HOUSE PLANTS & FLOWERS FOR THE HOME

Nothing beats fresh green foliage or bright sprays of flowers in the home, but the upkeep and expense of real house plants and flowers can put many people off displaying them. The greenery interior trend is only going from strength to strength and whilst there are many varieties that are easy to care for, many people are turning to artificial house plants and flowers to ensure their foliage is always looking fresh. Historically frowned upon for looking too fake, the interior industry has upped its artificial flower game in recent years and there are now wonderfully realistic options for those that want to welcome a touch of greenery into their home. But why should you opt for artificial house plants and flowers over the real thing?

1. They Stay Fresh All Year Round

The most obvious benefit of opting for artificial house plants and flowers in the home is that no matter the season, they will look as fresh as the day you bought them. Plants are not as susceptible to the climate and can be kept alive throughout the colder months, however, flowers are heavily dictated by the seasons so if you want to display your favorite blooms throughout the year, your only option is artificial versions. Fabulous finishing touches for any room, foliage and flowers add a vibrant and earthy feel wherever placed. Making sure these essential home accessories always look their best will ensure a cohesive look throughout the home.

2. Cost Effective

artificial house plants & flowers

Keeping your home filled with fresh flowers can be an expensive habit as they will need changing at least each fortnight, if not every week. Houseplants have more longevity but even these can be costly to replace if they aren’t looked after carefully. High-quality artificial house plants and flowers can be pricey to first buy, however, they are an investment which will see you through many years if cared for, therefore proving much more cost effective in the long run.

3. Hypoallergenic

artificial house plants & flowers

Hay fever is rife during the summer months, however many people suffer from plant allergies all year round which can put a damper on any indoor foliage plans. The only choice for plant allergy sufferers, artificial flowers will also ensure that any guests with allergies won’t get the sniffles when visiting.

4. Non-toxic to pets

artificial house plants & flowers

Another troublesome aspect of indoor plant keeping is that many varieties can be toxic to pets. From lilies to aloe vera plants, there is a large list of plants and flowers which can be harmful if consumed by animals and we all know a curious cat, dog or rabbit that will happily take a bite out of anything left unattended. Artificial flowers and house plants are the easiest and safest options for homeowners with pets and you also have less risk of arriving home to a destroyed bouquet.

5. Can Be Placed Anywhere in the Home

artificial house plants & flowers

The foliage trend has spread across every room of the home from bedrooms to bathrooms, however, many spaces in the home can be lacking in the key aspect which keeps plants thriving, sunlight. For darker or even windowless rooms as many bathrooms now are, artificial varieties are a must and the heat and steam from showers or cooking (if in the kitchen), has no effect on the stems. Artificial flowers and plants in bathrooms also give a beautifully fresh, clean and calming feel which make for a serene spa-like bathroom space.

6. Extremely Low Maintenance

artificial house plants & flowers

The key benefit of artificial house plants and flowers for the home is of course how low maintenance they are. Whilst real plants require constant care through careful watering schedules and direct or perfectly placed ‘indirect’ sunlight, faux plants are fabulously hassle-free. They can be easily styled with chic pots and vases and placed at will around the home to brighten any space. The only care required is light dusting and a wipe with a damp cloth if they are displayed in a particularly steamy environment to keep them looking fresh and full of life.

NO WORRIES TURF SYNTHETIC GRASS OR REAL GRASS

Wouldn’t You Prefer To Spend More Time With Your Friends & Family On The Weekend Enjoying The BBQ Rather Then Mowing The Lawn?

Would You Like To Have a Low Maintenance Beautiful Back & Front Yard Which Will Make Your Neighbours Jealous?

Well, if you said YES to the above,

then we have a Solution for You!

The name says it all! This Top Quality 40mm Premium Elite Synthetic Grass is manufactured specifically for Australian backyards and commercial outdoor projects.

This beautiful, realistic looking and extremely soft artificial turf is designed to integrate with the harsh Australian climate. Our synthetic grass can accommodate to different climates and will continue to look aesthetically pleasing years after installation. The durable artificial grass can withstand different surface traffic and has superior wear and tear.

Purchase this beautiful product today and reclaim your backyard and your weekends back!

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Domestic & Commercial Landscaping
Backyard feature
Pool Surrounds
Child Play Areas
Chipping Pads
School / council ovals / sports fields
Childcare facilities
Under trampolines
Soft fall cover
Rooftop Gardens
Trade show display booths

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10 Reasons to Love Outdoor Showers

You may think of an outdoor shower as belonging at a beach house, and while that’s certainly true (see No. 8 below), sand and salt aren’t the only things outdoor showers are good for. Here are 10 reasons to love outdoor showers, whether you live by the coast or miles from it.

10 Firepit Area Ideas to enjoy Summer Nights Outside

I hate having burn circles in my backyard from campfires. They are unsightly, so I decided to create a pit using some of these beautiful round firepit area inspiration photos. These firepits give you a location to put the fire as well as a cozy location to enjoy the evening with your loved ones.

Personally, I like round pits because they look great with my outdoor décor, so I mainly looked at round firepit area ideas, though some square designs did catch my eye. I love that you can use stone, pebbles, or other materials to create a pit. It can be positioned above the ground, or if you prefer, you can design the pit right into the terrain of your backyard.

In this guide, you will see a lot of unique round firepit area ideas. These ideas are simply a place to start; if you like one of the ideas, then use the concept and make it your own design.

1. Stone Pit with a Rainbow of Chairs

Stone Pit with a Rainbow of Chairs

2. Log Benches Surrounding a Pit in Stone

Log Benches Surrounding a Pit in Stone

3. Round Firepit Area Idea for Nighttime

Round Firepit Area Idea for Nighttime

4. Simplistic Stone Path with a Firepit Center

Simplistic Stone Path with a Firepit Center

5. Garden Path Leading to a Fire Hole

Garden Path Leading to a Fire Hole

6. A Perfect spot for Barbecue

A Perfect Backyard Barbecue Spot for Entertaining

7. A Rustic Fire Overlooking the Lake

A Rustic Fire Overlooking the Lake

8. Swinging at the Edge of the Firepit

Swinging at the Edge of the Firepit

9. Orange Glowing Round Firepit Area Idea

Orange Glowing Round Firepit Area Idea

10. Wooden Bench Planters with an Enclosed Firepit

Wooden Bench Planters with an Enclosed Firepit

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25 Fabulous Garden Path and Walkway Ideas

Besides being aesthetically pleasing, walkways and paths can give the area a logical flow by connecting important and useful parts of your garden or lawn. This means you’ll use the area more often and more effectively. For this reason, beautiful and practical garden pathways can add value to your home. When choosing garden paths or walkways, there are a few key things to keep in mind. If this is a brand new project, consider what features of your garden you’d like to connect and highlight. Decide what style you want for your outdoor space, or see if a particular style is suggested by the existing plant life and structures.

If you’re remodeling, first look at your current garden path and walkway designs about what you’d like to change; what do you not like about your current layout? What look and function would you like to have instead? Asking these questions will help guide your choice. Whether you’re building from scratch or considering a pathway makeover, we think you’ll come up with the perfect garden path and walkway ideas we’ve put together here.

1. Clean Stone And Wood Ladder Effect

Clean Stone And Wood Ladder Effect

2. Simple Stone Pathway Sets Off Beautiful Plants

Simple Stone Pathway Sets Off Beautiful Plants

3. Modern And Minimalist Wood Decking

Modern And Minimalist Wood Decking

4. Romantic Aged Wood Parquet And Stone

Romantic Aged Wood Parquet And Stone

5. Garden Path And Walkway Ideas Inspire Smart Use Of Space

Garden Path And Walkway Ideas Inspire Smart Use Of Space

6. Whimsical Waves Using Ombré Stone Pattern

Whimsical Waves Using Ombré Stone Pattern

7. Lush Lantern-lit Irregular Flagstone

Lush Lantern-lit Irregular Flagstone

8. Scandinavian-inspired Stone Circle Simplicity

Scandinavian-inspired Stone Circle Simplicity

9. Natural Beauty Of River Stones

Natural Beauty Of River Stones

10. Earthy Red Wood-grain Pops Against Green

Earthy Red Wood-grain Pops Against Green

11. Rustic Beams Offset For A Relaxed Look

Rustic Beams Offset For A Relaxed Look

12. Semi-crushed Gravel For A Clean Effect

Semi-crushed Gravel For A Clean Effect

13. Pair Regular Angles With A Winding Walkway

Pair Regular Angles With A Winding Walkway

14. Clean Modern Slabs Contrasted With Natural Stone

Clean Modern Slabs Contrasted With Natural Stone

15. Traditional Red Brick With A Modern Design Twist

Traditional Red Brick With A Modern Design Twist

16. Dramatic Mandala-inspired Stone And Brick Spiral

Dramatic Mandala-inspired Stone And Brick Spiral

17. Romantic Stone Walkway Embraces A Garden Fountain

Romantic Stone Walkway Embraces A Garden Fountain

18. Show Off Custom Tiles Against Dark Mulch

Show Off Custom Tiles Against Dark Mulch

19. Show-stopping Intricate Stone Mosaic

Show-stopping Intricate Stone Mosaic

20. Simple And Neutral Brick Chevron Understatement

Simple And Neutral Brick Chevron Understatement

21. Clean, Green, Asian-inspired Simplicity

Clean, Green, Asian-inspired Simplicity

22. Natural Flagstone For A Classic Look

Natural Flagstone For A Classic Look

23. Rough-hewn Stone Contrasts With Crisp Zigzag Lines

Rough-hewn Stone Contrasts With Crisp Zigzag Lines

24. Unexpected Vertical Placement Of Wooden Planks

Unexpected Vertical Placement Of Wooden Planks

25. Rustic Wood And Stone Accented With Thyme

Rustic Wood And Stone Accented With Thyme

Repel Mosquitoes Naturally By Burning Coffee Grounds

All you need is one simple ingredient… coffee grounds.

Chances are, you probably already have some coffee grounds sitting in your kitchen cabinet right? Well, put them to good use by making this incredible mosquito repellent. Soon your home will become a mosquito free paradise.

Below you will find a video tutorial on how to this method to keep mosquitos away. This technique is also effective in repelling other insects such as wasps, flies, and midges.

Watch the full video tutorial below:

7 Ways to Improve your Garden Soil Naturally

Instead of using commercial fertilizers and plant food, why not use some scraps from your kitchen that would otherwise end up in the trash or compost bin to amend and improve your garden soil naturally? Inexpensive and easy, these are my favorite ways to get my garden ready for spring planting.

The better your soil and the more suited for planting, the more bountiful harvest and more lush blooms you will get. So making sure your garden soil includes the proper nutrients is critical to having a successful garden. Of course, all these things can be added to your compost pile, but since they each possess some really great nutrients for specific situations, why not spot apply them to your garden where they are most needed.

Here are my favorite natural (and free!) ways to improve your garden soil makeup.

Banana Peels
Banana peels are extremely high in potassium and also contain sulfur and phosphorus. Chopping up some peels and putting them around the base of your vegetable plants will help with root development, to increase the flower blooms on your plants, and therefore your fruit yield.
Chicken Feathers
Chicken feathers are very nitrogen-rich. Collecting some feathers from around your coop and run (think during the molt season!) and adding them to your soil will provide the nitrogen necessary for nice green leaves and provides food for your plants. The leafy greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli and others are especially appreciate of high nitrogen levels in the soil.
Coffee Grounds
Don’t toss those coffee grounds! They contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, making them an excellent general fertilizer for your plants when you sprinkle them around the base of your plants or work them into the soil prior to planting.

Eggshells
Save your eggshells too. If you normally feed them to your chickens for the supplemental calcium they need to make strong shells on the eggs they lay, save some to use on your garden. Not only will adding some crushed eggshells to the hole when you plant tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables that require high calcium levels help to prevent blossom end rot, sprinkling some around the stems of your plants deters slugs.

Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are extremely high in magnesium which helps seed germination and the absorption of other nutrients. Mixing some Epsom salts into your garden soil will help your seeds sprout. Diluting the Epsom salts with water and spraying the mix onto plant leaves should result in greener leaves, bushier plants, and more flowers.

Lobster or Shrimp Shells
Tossing your discarded shellfish shells in the garden not only adds nitrogen and phosphorus, they will make your acidic soil slightly more alkaline, which is more conducive to growing vegetables.
Wood Ash
If you have a wood stove or fire pit, saving the ashes and scattering them on your garden will help to neutralize acidic soil and also add calcium to your soil. Depending on the types of wood burned, wood ash also can contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus which are all beneficial to a garden.
So next time you’re on your way to the trash bin or compost pile, think instead of what you’re tossing out might work better to help feed your garden.

VINEGAR IS GARDENER’S BESTFRIEND?

You need to stop using chemical pesticides and plant foods if you want to keep an organic garden and start using vinegar instead.  It is a natural way to destroy weeds, and support the life of your fruits, vegetables, and plants. These are 10 ways to use apple cider and white vinegar in your garden: …

You need to stop using chemical pesticides and plant foods if you want to keep an organic garden and start using vinegar instead.  It is a natural way to destroy weeds, and support the life of your fruits, vegetables, and plants.

These are 10 ways to use apple cider and white vinegar in your garden:

Get Rid of Weeds

Pour some apple cider vinegar onto the unwanted garden growth to destroy them, but keep the soil healthy.

Keep Flowers Fresh

Add a teaspoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a quart of water prior to adding the flowers to keep the freshly cut flowers fresh.

Remove  Slugs and Snails

Spray the flowers with some undiluted vinegar to destroy slugs and snails and keep them at bay.

Food for Acidic Loving Plants

Some plants like holly, begonias, gardenias, azaleas, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas, grow better in acidic soil, so you should add a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and spray them.

To remove the debris and soothe the itchiness after working in the garden, you can wash the hands with some distilled vinegar.

Kill Ants

Mix vinegar with water in ratio 1:1 and pray the ant hills with the solution to destroy them.

Wash the Garden Tools

Soak the garden tools in vinegar overnight to eliminate the rust and grime, and rinse off with water. You can also tie a plastic bag with vinegar over a water spigot to keep it submerged.

Keep Cats Away

Pour some distilled vinegar into the sand and soil to keep cats away from the places in the garden they use as a toilet.

Keep Rabbits at Bay

If rabbits are common guests in your garden, in order to keep them away, you should soak cotton balls in distilled vinegar and place them in a 35mm film container, poke several holes on its top, and keep it in the garden.

Clean Out the Birdbath

Scrub the birdbath with a mixture of undiluted water and white vinegar, and wash off with water.